Whimsy & Artifice

are creating original fantasy podcasts, fiction, and RPGs

75

patrons

$367

per month
Hi! We're Aly and Drew. We're married, and we are both writers, performers, and podcasters. Together, we've decided to become Whimsy & Artifice, a creative hub for the fantastic, the interactive, and the nostalgic.

Who Are We and What Are We Doing?

  • Aly is a writer! She has several short stories out in the wild, and she published her first novel, "On The Isle of Sound and Wonder," in 2014. She co-hosts a podcast called Get Hype! with Mel Fox. She records audiobooks and is getting into other branches of voice acting. Her game "Sidewalkia!" was a winner of the 2018 200 Word RPG Challenge. She is exploring the process of learning to DM a D&D 5e campaign at @newGMwhodis.
  • Drew is a longtime GM and in 2017 he was a finalist in the 200 Word RPG Challenge for his entry "Happily Ever Maybe." He has several other RPG works-in-progress, including a surprisingly gritty garden gnome survival game and a multi-layered steampunk/dieselpunk airship game. He occasionally writes freelance for Shadowrun (yes, that Shadowrun!).

We are currently delving into a world we've created all on our own, working together to build a well-rounded, thoroughly developed fantasy world called Warda, where various diverse races of fey are the ruling classes and humans are the lowest of the low. An Edwardian-aesthetic realm with tamed magic, scheduled weather, and a lot of social intrigue to deal with. It's a Game of Thrones meets Downton Abbey sort of feel, with a thousand stories to tell.

The History of Warda

  • January 2016 - the first ideas for Warda were brainstormed while Drew and Aly stood in line for the Haunted Mansion at Walt Disney World.
  • March 2016 - the very first roleplaying game set in Warda began. This game is called Winds of Change. They sat down to play and explore with several friends, and recorded the games on a single mic for posterity.
  • May 2017 - James D'Amato of the One Shot Podcast Network approaches Aly and Drew about hosting a weekly live stream game on Twitch. They agree, and quickly cast and create Curiosities, which airs weekly on Tuesday nights.
  • July 2017 - the official Warda podcast launches! It includes the Curiosities storyline divided into hour-long (ish) chapters with added music and intros/outros.
  • September 2017 - Curiosities ends. Aly and Drew forge ahead with an anthology-style set of one shot episodes on Twitch called Glimpses.
  • October 2017 - Glimpses ends.
  • November 2017 - Aly and Drew move from Chicago to Orlando. Aly writes several short stories and scenes from Warda featuring a number of characters, set to be early-access Patreon content as she works through editing and revising them.
  • January 2018 - the first chapters of Winds of Change are released to the Patreon. The public podcast will line up with Winds of Change in approximately April of 2018. Aly and Drew are also asked to officially join the One Shot Podcast Network with Warda!

Our Goals with Patreon

Patreon is a way for people to directly contribute to our creative pursuits AND directly influence the choices we make in storytelling, structure, and future outcomes. This is true of Warda as well as other projects we plan to introduce over time, such as fiction, audio drama, RPG game hacks, and pop culture commentary.

By jumping in here to help us create and produce, you will be making a massive difference in both the outcome of these projects and our real life - so for that, we thank you.

Aly & Drew


Social Media links:

Aly:
Facebook.com/AuthorGrauer (book of faces!)
http://www.dreamstobecome.com/ (blawg!)
@dreamstobecome (tweeter and insta-graham!)
@newGMwhodis

Drew:
@worldstoforge (tweeter)
@drewjetski (insta-graham)

Welcome To Warda:
http://www.welcometowarda.com/ (website and blog)
Facebook.com/WelcomeToWarda
@welcometowarda
Tiers
Welcome, Citizen!
$1 or more per month
Thank you for your support. You gain access to new content early before we release it into the wild!
Includes Discord rewards
Full Citizenship!
$3 or more per month
You now have voting rights as a citizen of Warda!


Frequently we will offer you the chance to vote on aspects of the world, story, characters, locations, and scenarios. Let your voice be heard!


You also get early access to all posts and podcast episodes.

Includes Discord rewards
Canonize Me
$5 or more per month
At this level you can build a character in the world of Warda (one character per person). This character now officially exists in the world! You're canon!


You also will have voting rights on plot points and early access to all posts.

Includes Discord rewards
Casting Call: NPCs Wanted!
$10 or more per month
At this level, you have the power to create NPCs for various uses throughout fiction and podcast. Use your creative wiles to build an NPC and we'll select some at random to use during the stories when needed!


You will also have a canon character, voting powers, and early access to all posts!

Includes Discord rewards
Casting Call: Featured Extra
$25 or more per month
Your canon character will appear in at least one canon work (fiction, podcast episode, game book, etc).


You'll also get all previous rewards including NPC creation, voting powers, and early access.

Includes Discord rewards
Goals
$367 of $500 per month
Holy cannoli! This is fantastic! We've been hiding a super excellent merch design featuring a very special Naiadi paragon... and at 500, this merch design will be released!  Also a VERY SPECIAL UKULELE SONG THANK YOU VIDEO from Drew and Aly will be released for all of you, and we can begin to consider further expansion projects for Warda. What would YOU like to see?
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Hi! We're Aly and Drew. We're married, and we are both writers, performers, and podcasters. Together, we've decided to become Whimsy & Artifice, a creative hub for the fantastic, the interactive, and the nostalgic.

Who Are We and What Are We Doing?

  • Aly is a writer! She has several short stories out in the wild, and she published her first novel, "On The Isle of Sound and Wonder," in 2014. She co-hosts a podcast called Get Hype! with Mel Fox. She records audiobooks and is getting into other branches of voice acting. Her game "Sidewalkia!" was a winner of the 2018 200 Word RPG Challenge. She is exploring the process of learning to DM a D&D 5e campaign at @newGMwhodis.
  • Drew is a longtime GM and in 2017 he was a finalist in the 200 Word RPG Challenge for his entry "Happily Ever Maybe." He has several other RPG works-in-progress, including a surprisingly gritty garden gnome survival game and a multi-layered steampunk/dieselpunk airship game. He occasionally writes freelance for Shadowrun (yes, that Shadowrun!).

We are currently delving into a world we've created all on our own, working together to build a well-rounded, thoroughly developed fantasy world called Warda, where various diverse races of fey are the ruling classes and humans are the lowest of the low. An Edwardian-aesthetic realm with tamed magic, scheduled weather, and a lot of social intrigue to deal with. It's a Game of Thrones meets Downton Abbey sort of feel, with a thousand stories to tell.

The History of Warda

  • January 2016 - the first ideas for Warda were brainstormed while Drew and Aly stood in line for the Haunted Mansion at Walt Disney World.
  • March 2016 - the very first roleplaying game set in Warda began. This game is called Winds of Change. They sat down to play and explore with several friends, and recorded the games on a single mic for posterity.
  • May 2017 - James D'Amato of the One Shot Podcast Network approaches Aly and Drew about hosting a weekly live stream game on Twitch. They agree, and quickly cast and create Curiosities, which airs weekly on Tuesday nights.
  • July 2017 - the official Warda podcast launches! It includes the Curiosities storyline divided into hour-long (ish) chapters with added music and intros/outros.
  • September 2017 - Curiosities ends. Aly and Drew forge ahead with an anthology-style set of one shot episodes on Twitch called Glimpses.
  • October 2017 - Glimpses ends.
  • November 2017 - Aly and Drew move from Chicago to Orlando. Aly writes several short stories and scenes from Warda featuring a number of characters, set to be early-access Patreon content as she works through editing and revising them.
  • January 2018 - the first chapters of Winds of Change are released to the Patreon. The public podcast will line up with Winds of Change in approximately April of 2018. Aly and Drew are also asked to officially join the One Shot Podcast Network with Warda!

Our Goals with Patreon

Patreon is a way for people to directly contribute to our creative pursuits AND directly influence the choices we make in storytelling, structure, and future outcomes. This is true of Warda as well as other projects we plan to introduce over time, such as fiction, audio drama, RPG game hacks, and pop culture commentary.

By jumping in here to help us create and produce, you will be making a massive difference in both the outcome of these projects and our real life - so for that, we thank you.

Aly & Drew


Social Media links:

Aly:
Facebook.com/AuthorGrauer (book of faces!)
http://www.dreamstobecome.com/ (blawg!)
@dreamstobecome (tweeter and insta-graham!)
@newGMwhodis

Drew:
@worldstoforge (tweeter)
@drewjetski (insta-graham)

Welcome To Warda:
http://www.welcometowarda.com/ (website and blog)
Facebook.com/WelcomeToWarda
@welcometowarda

Recent posts by Whimsy & Artifice

Tiers
Welcome, Citizen!
$1 or more per month
Thank you for your support. You gain access to new content early before we release it into the wild!
Includes Discord rewards
Full Citizenship!
$3 or more per month
You now have voting rights as a citizen of Warda!


Frequently we will offer you the chance to vote on aspects of the world, story, characters, locations, and scenarios. Let your voice be heard!


You also get early access to all posts and podcast episodes.

Includes Discord rewards
Canonize Me
$5 or more per month
At this level you can build a character in the world of Warda (one character per person). This character now officially exists in the world! You're canon!


You also will have voting rights on plot points and early access to all posts.

Includes Discord rewards
Casting Call: NPCs Wanted!
$10 or more per month
At this level, you have the power to create NPCs for various uses throughout fiction and podcast. Use your creative wiles to build an NPC and we'll select some at random to use during the stories when needed!


You will also have a canon character, voting powers, and early access to all posts!

Includes Discord rewards
Casting Call: Featured Extra
$25 or more per month
Your canon character will appear in at least one canon work (fiction, podcast episode, game book, etc).


You'll also get all previous rewards including NPC creation, voting powers, and early access.

Includes Discord rewards